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IBF Orders Canelo Alvarez to Face William Scull

The IBF has instructed Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed super middleweight champion, to enter negotiations with their top-rated contender, William Scull. Scull, boasting a record of 22 wins, no losses, and 9 knockouts, has held the No. 1 rating within the IBF for two years. Despite his impressive record, Scull remains relatively unknown to many boxing fans.

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Originally from Cuba, Scull currently resides in Germany, where he has fought since turning professional in 2016. His most recent fight took place on the undercard of Canelo's successful title defense against Jaime Munguia at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Scull comfortably won a unanimous decision over Sean Hemphill, dropping the American in the fifth round.

Agon Sports, Scull's promoter, confirmed the IBF's directive for Canelo to fulfill his mandatory obligations and face Scull. According to Agon Sports' social media posts, both camps have four weeks to reach an agreement, or the fight will go to a purse bid.

The IBF's decision to enforce the mandatory fight with Scull comes amidst growing anticipation for a showdown between Canelo and fellow Mexican David Benavidez. However, Benavidez has decided to move up to the light heavyweight division after Canelo indicated that he would require a substantial offer to face his WBC mandatory challenger.

Canelo, the undisputed champion at super middleweight, has yet to defend his title against an IBF-mandated opponent. The last time an IBF mandatory challenger fought for the 168-pound title was in 2021, when Caleb Truax challenged then-titleholder Caleb Plant. Canelo's last mandatory defense occurred in May 2023, against the WBO's challenger John Ryder in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The boxing world eagerly awaits the outcome of negotiations between Canelo and Scull, as fans anticipate whether the Mexican superstar will continue his dominance or face a new challenge from the rising contender.


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